Glen  Garriff is situated in the Harrismith area of the Free State province of South Africa.

Almost 1000 ha in size with breath taking vistas of the Eastern Free State, GG offers visitors a chance to unwind and relax within a stone’s throw of surrounding tourist and historical sites.

Currently under the ownership of the Shannon family, GG is operated as a successful tourism enterprise, incorporating Glen Garriff Lions NPC, a world renown non-profit sanctuary for lions.

….” Our mission is to love, protect and preserve the magnificent lions in our care”

The first lions were introduced to Glen Garriff in 2002, 100 years after the last two wild lions were hunted down on Platberg Mountain in 1902.  In 2015, Glen Garriff Lions NPC was registered as a non profit company committed to the sustainability of the African lion population in South Africa and to the enhancement of the study, learning and understanding of the species.

There are currently more than 60 lions under our care and live out the duration of their lives in our sanctuary.

GG Conservation has a very wide social media reach, with followers on Instagram and Facebook numbering in the hundred of thousands. It is through these channels that most fund raising for the NPC is done, making GG Conservation a sustainable and self funding division of the greater Glen Garriff enterprise.


Traci Shannon – CEO

Patrick Shannon – Owner

Suzanne – Director

Mike – Lion manager